Just as in stage three you explored the refusal of the call, in this stage you get to deal with the refusal of the return. Many heroes stop (or pause for an indefinite amount of time) at this stage because they figure they’ve been through enough. They really don’t have to remember their dreams and bring them full circle.
Warm and cozy in their toasty bed in the early morning hours, as the sun is gently filtering its warmth into their sleep zone, the hero has a critical choice to make. Will he or she leave their dreams on the pillow—floating aimlessly and stillborn (harsh, I know, but true) in the dreamtime? Or will the hero summon the courage to retrieve these wisps of dream brilliance and carry them back to the ordinary world?
If you set yourself up properly in stage one by de-cluttering your dream zone and placing your dream journal and a pen on your bedside table (or your phone with your www.DreamsCloud.com app) then you are in good shape to gently make your return. Now is the time to s-l-o-w-l-y roll over and record your remembered dream. This represents your willingness to tip toe your way back toward the ordinary world by remaining in the Hypnagogic State—the zone between sleep and awake—while you record your dream in your journal.
Contemplate the following questions:
•What is your biggest challenge to dream catching in the early morning hours (i.e. being too tired; being afraid to wake up your partner; being alarmed by your alarm clock; your dog or cat jumping on your bed; leaping out of bed too quickly to start your day?)
•Will you take the time to remember your dream(s) tonight?
•How will you catch your dream (i.e. journaling, drawing a picture, using the voice function on your DreamsCloud app, talking with a dream buddy/bed buddy)?
In this episode of weekly radio show, The D-Spot (Mondays at 11am PST on www.AwakeningZone.com), I discuss Stage 10 of the Hero’s Dream Journey (The Journey Back) in more depth: http://www.kellysullivanwalden.com/kelly-sullivan17.html
Stay tuned for next week where we explore The Hero’s Dream Journey Stage Eleven: “Resurrection”…
Kelly Sullivan Walden (a.k.a. Doctor Dream) is a certified clinical hypnotherapist, founder of Dream-Life Coach Training, and author of seven books, most notably the Amazon.com #1 bestselling, I Had the Strangest Dream and Discover Your Inner Goddess Queen. A sought after inspirational speaker, Kelly has spoken, by invitation, at the United Nations. Kelly hosts “The D-Spot” weekly radio show where she explores Dreams, Desires, and Destiny. Kelly has appeared on over 1,000 media outlets including the Ricki Lake Show, and you can see her regularly as FOX news’ Dream Expert. As the past President of Women’s National Book Association (LA Chapter), Kelly has served as a United Nations
NGO representative, which inspired her to create The Dream Project— an educational program that empowers young people to dream to solutions to world issues. Receive free dream gifts from Kelly by going to: www.KellySullivanWalden.com.
This blog has been excerpted from It’s All In Your Dreams…5 Portals to an Awakened Life (Red Wheel-Weiser, Spring 2013).